| Dispatcher Julie Barnett
Dispatchers are responsible for numerous assignments within our department and at times they are literally the life line to our deputies as they send them on calls that could be potentially dangerous in nature. This could be chemical spills or violent situations and it is their duty to send the deputies in armed with as much detail about the calls as they can get. They are responsible for letting officers know what kind of chemical, exact location, which way the wind is blowing from etc. In violent situations they must let the officers know what type of violence and what kind of weapons, among many other details.
The Woodson County dispatch is responsible for dispatching all emergency personnel in the county. They answer normal business phones, 911 calls, document all calls and radio traffic. They enter all warrants and Protection from Abuse orders into NCIC (National Crime Information Center). They also make all inquiries for the officers into the NCIC and KCJIS (Kansas Criminal Justice Information System).
The dispatch center also collects and receipts all money coming into the department. This ranges from Tax collection, inmate commissary money, bonds, VIN inspections, etc Dispatcher Angie Jewell then makes sure all monies that came in for the month balances at the end of the month and keeps the records for the auditor.
Woodson County dispatch employs four full time dispatchers and three part-time. The part-time dispatchers cover during vacations, sick leave, or any other time off and assist with extra duties when needed. There is a combined 57 years of dispatch service between those six dispatchers.
Dispatch Supervisor Kathy Kress is in charge of the dispatch division and brings almost 23 years of service to the team. She is in charge of making sure we comply with all NCIC regulations, scheduling, arranging training, etc. She stays in close communication with the Sheriff on all issues within the department.
If you would like to contact any of these dispatchers with questions or information you can click on their names below to send them an e-mail.
Dispatch Supervisor Kathy Kress
Dispatcher Angie Jewell
Dispatcher Amy Kirkpatrick
Dispatcher Julie Barnett
Dispatcher Tammy Porter
Dispatcher Annette Benteman